The Dukes Of Hazzard

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The Dukes of Hazzard ( Dodge Charger RT ) 1969

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The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. It follows the adventures of ‘The Duke Boys’, cousins Bo Luke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), who live in a rural part of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia with their attractive cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) and their wise old Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle).And The General Lee

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Jessica Simpson, who plays Daisy Duke, beat  Britney Spears, Mandy Moore and Jessica Biel for the role.

In the original series, the Duke cousins used bows and arrows instead of firearms because they were on probation for moonshining. This was carried over into the 2005 film, but no explanation was that they were still running moonshine. Although the Duke cousins never used a firearm, this film had Smith & Wesson product placement. Sheev had an S&W cleaning mat on the counter when Roscoe came to his house. Bo and Luke carried the core samples into the lab in an S&W duffel bag.

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane: Enos! This is your superior officer RosCOOOOOOOOO P. Coltrane!

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane: OOOOOOH! I’m in ‘Hot Pursuit!’

Twenty-six Dodge Chargers were used in the 2005 film .Several 1968 and 1970 Chargers were converted to look like 1969 Chargers. Only one Hemi Charger was used, the rest were 440s, 383s and a few small-block 318s.

Filming commenced on 8 November 2004, 26 years almost to the very day that shooting began for the original pilot, The Dukes of Hazzard: One Armed Bandits (1979).

While appearing on a Dutch TV talk show to help publicize her appearance as Daisy Duke in this movie, Jessica Simpson acted as a magician’s assistant when she was sawed in half by magician Hans Klok in an illusion called ‘Clearly Impossible’. In 1981, original Daisy Catherine Bach also took a turn at being a magician’s assistant when she was sawed into six by magician David Copperfield in his fourth ‘The Magic of’ TV special.

Cast

Catherine Bach Catherine Bach
 Daisy Duke (146 episodes, 1979-1985)
Denver Pyle Denver Pyle
 Uncle Jesse (146 episodes, 1979-1985)
Sorrell Booke Sorrell Booke
 Boss Hogg / … (146 episodes, 1979-1985)
Ben Jones Ben Jones
 Cooter (142 episodes, 1979-1985)
James Best James Best
 Sheriff Rosco Coltrane / … (141 episodes, 1979-1985)
Waylon Jennings Waylon Jennings
 The Balladeer / … (136 episodes, 1979-1985)
Tom Wopat Tom Wopat
 Luke Duke (128 episodes, 1979-1985)
John Schneider John Schneider
 Bo Duke (128 episodes, 1979-1985)
Sonny Shroyer Sonny Shroyer
 Enos (98 episodes, 1979-1985)

 

The Duke boys added a custom air horn to the General Lee which played the first twelve notes of the song Dixie.

The General Lee was Bo and Luke Duke’s 1969 Dodge Charger. It was orange with a Confederate battle flag painted on the roof, the words GENERAL LEE over each door, and the number ’01’ on each door. In the original five Georgia-filmed episodes, a Confederate flag along with a checkered racing flag in a criss-cross pattern could be seen behind the rear window; this was removed when it was felt that this extra detail did not show up enough on-screen enough to warrant the already very tight time constraints of preparing and repairing each example of the car.

Since it was built as a race car, the windows were regularly open (except for several shots in early episodes). Through the history of the show, a Lot of Chargers were used; 17 are still known to exist in various states of repair. A replica was owned by John Schneider, known as ‘Bo’s General Lee’. In 2008, Schneider sold ‘Bo’s General Lee’ at the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction for $450,000. An eBay auction which garnered a bid of $9,900,500 for the car was never finalized, with the purported bidder claiming his account had been hacked. The underside of the hood has the signatures of the cast from the 1997 TV movie. Schneider has also restored over 20 other General Lees to date. The show also used 1968 Chargers (which shared the same sheet metal) by changing the grille and taillight panel to the 1969 style, and removing the round side marker lights. These Chargers performed many record-breaking jumps throughout the show, almost all of them resulting in a completely destroyed car.

Just’a good ol’ boys
Never meanin’ no harm.
Beats all you never saw
Been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born

Staightnin’ the curves
Flatnin the hills
Someday the mountain might get ’em
But the law never will

Makin’ their way
The only way they know how
That’s just a little bit more
Than the law will allow.

Just’a good ol’ boys
Wouldn’t change if they could
Fighting the system
Like a true modern day Robin Hood

 

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From season two on, an audio stinger of Roscoe’s “Coo Coo” was played over the Warner Brothers Television closing logo. In some episodes the audio was of Boss Hogg exclaiming “Them Dukes, them Dukes!

Jefferson Davis ‘Boss’ Hogg: Roscoe, arrest them Duke boys!

First episode date: 26 January 1979
Theme song: Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)
Narrated by: Waylon Jennings
 

QUIZ

How Many Dodge Chargers were claimed to be wrecked during the entire filming of the series ?

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     They crashed a lot of cars filming this show. Replacing the police sedans was easy – replacing the old Dodge Chargers (‘General Lee’) was not as they weren’t made anymore. It got to the point where producers would spot a Charger on the street and would approach the owner and offer to buy it on the spot.

QUIZ

The General Lee’s jump, (in the opening credits) made it into the world records at the time for the longest jump, It Reached 16 feet High but how Long was it ?
  
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    The General Lee’s jump, (in the opening credits) was registered as being 16 feet high, in the air and 82 feet, in length. Evidence: History.com’s www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-general-lee-jumps-into-history. This event occurred on Saturday, November 11th, 1978, stunt-driver, Bob Orrison is believed to be the driver of the General Lee Dodge Charger, while the series was still being picked and created for replacing Captain America.





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